The Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide Electric Toothbrush does an excellent job of cleaning, and users actually enjoy brushing their teeth with it once they get over the learning curve. It's loaded with lots of snazzy features, and while the bells and whistles may not be necessary according to some, researchers find that they do improve your overall oral health.
Exceptional cleaning. Owners say the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide Electric Toothbrush (formerly Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000) is an excellent teeth cleaner. One user at Drugstore.com says, "You can really feel the difference after just one use." Another says that it helped improve overall gum health after a few weeks of regular use. Researchers say the SmartGuide, included with the unit, helps to improve brushing technique and duration. Subjects in one study improved brushing force and thoroughness while using the SmartGuide, compared to using the same toothbrush without the guide. Another study concludes that the rotation-oscillation motion used in the Oral-B SmartSeries 5000 is the most effective for removing plaque and reducing gingivitis.
Slight learning curve required. The Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide Electric Toothbrush, like many electric toothbrushes, takes some getting used to. Good Housekeeping says the user guide is confusing, and testers went through trial and error to learn how to operate the toothbrush properly. While Good Housekeeping testers say it's a bit heavy, one Amazon.com user actually finds that it's relatively compact for an electric toothbrush. The brush offers an ergonomic handle, and reviewers comparing it to previous models say the lights and SmartGuide are easier to follow now. (One reviewer says he never noticed the warning that he was brushing too hard, but he has now.)
Packed with useful features. The Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 is loaded with features that owners say make it easy and fun to use. The SmartGuide includes a timer, which displays a smiley face at two minutes, as well as a quadrant prompt that lets you know when to move on to the next area of your mouth. Testers at Good Housekeeping say this helps them to brush longer. The guide also warns if you are brushing too hard, which researchers say helps improve oral health. Some owners, however, say the separate guide is best suited for children learning to brush their teeth and not necessary for most adults. Additionally, the brush comes with five different cleaning modes, including whitening and sensitive.
Lasts for years. Users are pleased with the durability of the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000, in general. Several owners at Walmart.com and Drugstore.com say they have used Oral-B electric toothbrushes for up to 10 years before needing a replacement. Most say the Oral-B 5000 seems to be as durable as previous models, and one notes the brush and the body connect in a way that makes them easy to keep clean and hygienic. Some owners complain about the cost of replacement brush heads, though most agree that these are no pricier than for other models.
More than 1,300 reviews offer opinions on the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 and give it an average score of 4.5. Reviewers praise the brush's bells and whistles, specifically mentioning the toothbrush's iPhone app. Users also like that this brush is small for an electric toothbrush.
Review: Oral-B Professional Healthy Clean + Floss Action Precision 5000 Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
2. Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
In this study, researchers compare the Oral-B Triumph with SmartGuide (the predecessor to the SmartSeries 5000) to a model without a SmartGuide for visual feedback. The results prove that the guide isn't just a fun gadget: Subjects got a more thorough cleaning and were more likely to use appropriate force with the SmartGuide than without it.
Review: Impact of a Novel Power Toothbrush with SmartGuide Technology on Brushing Pressure and Thoroughness, K. Janusz, et al., Nov. 1, 2008
3. Good Housekeeping
In Good Housekeeping's roundup of electric toothbrushes, the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 earns top marks. Testers say the SmartGuide timer encourages them to brush longer. Some say the brush is a bit heavy, however.
Review: Best Electric Toothbrushes, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
More than 600 reviewers at Walmart.com give the Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars. Owners say that it does an excellent job of cleaning teeth. Some reviewers like features such as the flossing head, hard travel case and timer; others say the extra features -- such as the SmartGuide -- aren't necessary.
Review: Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 Electric Toothbrush with SmartGuide, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2014
The Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 earns an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 100 owners at Drugstore.com. Users say that it makes a noticeable difference for their teeth, but several say it's quite pricey.
Review: Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000, Power Toothbrush, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of March 2014
This review of the Oral-B Triumph (the predecessor to the SmartSeries 5000) is very positive, but it doesn't speak much to the brush's cleaning ability. Instead, author Erik Sofge focuses on the brushing feedback shown on the LCD display, calling it "the best, smartest toothbrush I've ever used."
Review: Oral-B's New Electric Experience: The Smartest Brush We've Ever Used, Erik Sofge, Oct. 1, 2009
7. Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
This article mentions the Oral-B Triumph, the predecessor to the SmartSeries 5000, in its discussion of electric brushing motion. Researchers conclude that rotation-oscillation motion is the most effective in removing plaque and reducing gingivitis. They say the Oral-B Triumph is particularly effective at teaching good brushing techniques and increasing brushing time.
Review: A Novel Oscillating-Rotating Power Toothbrush with SmartGuide: Designed for Enhanced Performance and Compliance, Patricia A. Walters, et al., May 2007